========================= Saiyuki: Journey West ========= Secrets and Side Quests Guide ================================================== Written by: Payzmaykr E-Mail me: Payzmaykr@yahoo.com Started: 6/30/04 Finished: N/A Version:1.5 1. Revision History 2. Introduction 3. Disclaimer 4. Secrets and Side Quests 4.1- Chef's Paradise 4.2- Gallant Ale 4.3- Star Ore 4.5- Emperor Summon 5. Secret Characters 5.1- Kinrei & Ginrei 5.2- Reikan 5.3- Genshi 5.4- Taurus & Tessen 6. My Review 7. Credits ________________________________________________________ ===================REVISION HISTORY==============/ Version 1.0 Started Walkthrough Added table of contents and set up basics Version 1.1 Wrote Section 4.1-4.2 Added extra information to 4.1 Version 1.2 Added more detailed information to the Introduction and Disclaimer _______________________________________________________ =================================================\ Revision History started on June 30, 2004. Finished at a later, unknown date. _______________________________________________________ =================INTRODUCTION==================/ Welcome to my walkthrough for Saiyuki: Journey West. This is actually my second guide in general, and my second Saiyuki guide. Here, I will basically cover what you see in the table of contents, which mainly consists of five secrets and side quests that can be found or accomplished by starting at the beginning of the game and playing through. Some are worth the while, while some you could easily play without. Personally, I never got them the first few times I played through, but I seemed to do okay. If you are dependant on getting everything in the game, it is important that you have a good guide to follow, and I don't see that anyone's made a Secrets and Side Quests guide for Saiyuki yet that can be found on Gamefaqs.com. The four secrets/side quests are rather easily accomplished, and some of their requrements are actually beneficial to building a strong party (the key to enjoying this game). Do as I say to get there, and you should do fine. If you find something to not be clear in my guide, I made a small section for this in my first guide, and you can check for additional information there. If you still need help, I recommend that you check the other guides written (which I used the first few times through), or you can just email me. Here is my guide, and I hope this hasn't bored you (enjoy)! ______________________________________________________ =================================================\ _______________________________________________________ ===================DISCLAIMER===================/ By reading this guide, you agree to apply the information gained to your save file in order to furthur your gameplay. This guide is written to help people who are stuck and is in no way made for profit. If you desire to use this guide on another site, email me exclusively at jhead816@yahoo for approval. The answer will most likely be yes, but I just have to check out the site and make sure it's a non-profit site. Don't forget,if I, the author of this guide, am not profiting from it, you should not either. If you see this guide on another site credited to anybody but "Payzmaykr," please inform me immediately. Not only is stealing a sin, but it is a crime. I will report it to your internet prividor, and they can and will shut down your internet service for means of using it for neglegant deeds. Trust me, it's happened before, and it could happen again, just do the right thing and ask before you post it. ______________________________________________________ ================================================\ _______________________________________________________ ============SECRETS AND SIDE QUESTS==============/ 4.1 CHEF'S PARADISE Chef's Paradise is a spell used by Cho Hakkai. It is easily-obtainable, however, the preperations necessary and the outcome of the work make it even more worth it, especially if you use him in your party later in the game when the battles get more intense. In order to get this, you need to get a certain number of recipes. The way you get them is by randomly visiting a certain place, whether it is a resturant or a shop, or whatever. Here are the recipes necessary to accomplis it. RECIPE ONE- Eggrolls Location- Yuimen Shop To get this recipe, simply enter the shop, and when you leave, the owner will tell you the recipe. Part one is now done. Easy huh? RECIPE TWO- Rice Location- Biku Dojo Go to the dojo to train up some, and Hakkai will smell something. He simply HAS to get this recipe, and persistant as he is, he gets it by just asking. : ) RECIPE THREE- Beef Location- Kucha Smith Go to upgrade your weapons, and as usual, he smells something strong. It's some kind of food, no doubt, and beef at that. Get the recipe and continue in the story. RECIPE FOUR- Jelly Location- Infidel City Chemist Hakkai's sensor goes off presistantly just as it has done in the past, and he collects the recipe for a kind of Chinese Jelly. You are now 4/5 of the way there. Now all you have to do is combine the four recipes..... and you've got the spell! Go to the city of Tokhara, and enter the post. Do whatever you want to do here for the time being, and then be on your way. When you leave, the owner will stop you, and you see a scene. Afterwards, Cho Hakkai is now the owner of one of the most powerful spells in the game, CHEF'S PARADISE! 4.2 GALLANT ALE If there is one item that you should be sure to get, it is the Gallant Ale. With a very meaningful purpose, of course, the Gallant Ale is considered one of the best items in the game.It is a potion that the male characters in the game can take, and it can only be used one time. Its effects raise your WAR status by 8. Don't forget, however, it is only to be taken by male charcters! "But eight points surely doesn't sound like much at all," you might be telling yourselves right now. I can assure you that in this game it makes all the difference in your status and how much damage you can deal. Just don't forget that it should be used on someone with dependable attack and good speed and range and stuff. In this case, I would recommend that you use it on Goku. He has some of the best attacking stats in the game, you just have to manipulate them so that they are at their full potential. Imagine a potion that makes you stronger. STRONGER..... How ever would we go about getting this? Surely it would be a great reward for somebody who is the strongest of them all, but how could we become that strong, you might ask. Simple! By training in the dojos. As a veteran of this game, it is my professional opinion that you master each dojo that you come across. By doing so, you are sure to get the Gallant Ale, and that happens to be the method of doing so. Simply beat the dojo master in the following cities to recieve it. Mire River, Ko Lodge, Yuimen, Turfan, Biku, Infidel City, Kucha, Cherchen, Inns Town, Tokhara, Pteron, Pine City, Frontier City, Midnight Tor, plus Port Town, and you will get it. 4.3 STAR ORE Star Ore is a rare material that can only be found one time in the game, and it is not likely that you will find it without the right information. It just so happens that I can help you with this task. You should probably know what it is and what it does before you go out on some wild goose chase for some item with a cool-sounding name. Basically what we're looking for here is forging material for your weapons. It will increase your attack power to MAX, which increases the damage that you do when you attack someone. It also gives you better attack range, which really comes in handy, especially for Goku or Hakkai. Okay, here's how you can get it. STEP ONE- Go to Midnight Tor and go to the smith there. Have him upgrade your weapons to level 5 (if you already did that, it's no problem, just keep reading here). Then have him upgrade them again, althrough five is the highest level that you can reach. Now you are done. Head to the Chemist in Midnight Tor. STEP TWO- When you are in the Chemist's shop in Midnight Tor, a scene should have triggered, so it seems. If one doesn't then keep going with the walkthrough. Now you need to go to Frontier City. STEP THREE- Once you get to Frontier City, go to the Chemist, like you did in the previous town. Something should have happened to indicate that you are in the right place, and are doing stuff right, so keep going on to the next place, which happens to be Port Town, the Port Town Post. STEP FOUR- In Port Town, go to the Post as soon as you get there. Something should happen to trigger a fight with Ceylon. The fight is not hard, unless you haven't been training. Complete the fight and get the star ore. Once you get it, you will probably want to use it immediately, so go to the Smith. 4.4 EMPEROR SUMMON Emperor is a summon that can be called to the battlefield by Sanzo, as he/she can do as his/her ability replacing the ability to transform into a weremonster. This summon, however, is better than all of the rest. It is so good, in fact, that it is hidden throughout the game in treasure chests and other places on the battlefield. There are many pieces of Emperor Equipment that you have to collect and keep (DON'T SELL THEM). They are four peices of equipment, to be exact. They are the Emperor Band, Emperor Soul, Emperor Helmet, and Emperor Armor. Here are directions to getting the following items. Emperor Band- Battle 19 Emperor Soul- Battle 27 Emperor Helmet- Battle 9 Emperor Armor- Battle 11 Also, you have to talk to the Chemist in Pine City and the person in the Port Town Dojo. When you talk to them, they will say something about the equipment, and that will make it so you can find the items in upcoming battles. Finally, once you are done with those things, go to Ice Peak and prepare for a battle. Once you win, you get Emperor. _______________________________________________________ ==============SECRET CHARACTERS================/ Like many other games, this one features some characters that can only be found be accomplishing certain things. In other words, they are "secret characters." I won't lie to you, some of them are good and some of them are not as good as others, but surely one or two of them will find his or her way into your party after you try them all our for strength testing. Here they are and here is how to get them. 5.1 KINREI AND GINREI Kinrei and Genrei are two girls that you stumble across a good ways into the game. They are not 100% secret, as they usually join your party anyway, but they are certain characters that you can avoid having join your party. The only way you can get them to join you is basically to be strong. They both can transform into weremonsters, so you know there's bound to be trouble before they join you. It turns out that the two of them got lost, and went in a cave to be sheltered. In this cave, they found a gourd that they drank from. It unleashed the were side of them, and they were going crazy bustin' stuff up and..... stuff. Being the super-powerful group of misfits that you are, your superhero sence will take over, and you will decide to save the day. First you come across one of them by herself in her giant gorilla-like form. Take out her and her subordinates so she regains consciousness, then she tells you about her sister's and her problem. Enter the cave which she is coincidentally close to to fight her sister. After beating them and escorting them back to the nearest city, they ask to come with you, due to their monsterous powers. If I remember correctly, Goku protests, but Sanzo just says "the more the merrier" and lets them join. The two of them on the field serve their purpose, although it is a small one. They are weak in general, with low HP, DEF, and WAR, that's just the tame side of the beast. Transform them into their monsterous (as I said earlier) gorilla-like forms to crash da' club from across the battlefield. The only downside is that only one person can transfor at one time. 5.2 REIKAN Reikan is a very feminine dude sent after Ryorin by her dad. Her was her chosen suitor, and having decided that he..... sucks, she took off without him. Later on in the game, this dude will follow after you. He fights you from time to time, and even with Goku's help, Ryorin manages to evade his persistancy. He attacks you along with monsters of all things, as I figured someone of his temper might be more inclined to cast a rainbow spell or hit you with a parasol. Reikan is water elemental, like Gojo, but in my opinion, he is not as good. His magical skills are pretty good, and he was a two- square attack that holds its own in the Saiyuki world (which more than outclasses some of the attacks by teammates in the party). Reikan has the ability to transform into a giant turtle as his Were Form, and it is actually a good form to take in battles that you bring him on. His attacks are somewhat differnet from Gojos under the grounds that Gojo attacks from a range doing moderate damage and sometimes status effects, and Reikan attacks from generally closer ranges to do amazingly- strong water and ice based attacks that can take out a character in just one hit, especially if you weakened them up a bit beforehand.One attack in general, I believe has the ability to freeze you, and once you're frozen, he can just attack you to win. The way I remember all of this is because of the fight that you have to do before you get him in your party. You have to fight him one more time with his hordes of monsters (which are rather easy to take out), and then you have to cross a bridge and fight him with your characters. It is best to hit him from a range than to hit from far away. Reikan's attack power and defense are moderate, but can easily be overcome by Gojo, Goku, and Hakkai. His magic isn't bad, but it's nothing that Gojo himself can't do, he looks rather fruity, and don't forget the countless times that he tried to kill you for "kidnapping" Ryorin. 5.3 Genshi Genshi is an old, weird dude who lives up in a sort of mountain retreat place. He has a special fruit tree that can heal certain things, and it comes into play later on in the game. Once you find him, Hakkai reveals that Genshi was his master before he left on his quest, and they made a 10,000 dollar bet whether or not Hakkai will learn the ways of the world. When you meet him, you find out that Genshi still hasn't forgotten about their bet, and it's time to see if Hakkai has proved himself worthy or not after having traveled with you. He will challenge you to a fight, but the fight happens to be against some grunts and that tree! But it's no normal tree, it's the old man's Were Form. The fight shouldn't be too much for you if you have already been trying to get the Gallant Ale by fighting in the Dojos. Genshi fights with some kind of stick, like Sanzo. His attack power is not remarkable, and neither is his defense, but as most of the fighters in this game do, he has his strong points. Not being a physical person, you discover that he's skilled with using magical spells. He is wood-elemental, as is Sanzo. As you should already know, he takes the form of a giant tree in battle when he transforms into his Were Form. He is truly a secret character, and should not be left behind while on your journey to India. After all, you ARE going from China to India on foot, might as well bring along as many people as possible. 5.4 Taurus & Tessen Taurus and Tessen play a big role in this story. I will try to not spoil anything about them, because they are what we know in the literary world as "Dynamic Characters." I will, however, tell you this much. Taurus (the dude) and Goku had beef about 500 years ago before Goku went "ape ****" and took on Buddah. Taurus's wife, Tessen is mostly in charge of taking care of their son, Kid Pyro. He takes after his mother, being fire-elemental, even though Taurus is Earth-elemental. He fights with what looks like a barbell, and his strengths are power, defense, and HP. Where he lags behind are in the speed, range, and magic departments. His wife, on the other hand, is just a regular fighter. There's nothing too special about her, she just gets regular attack, defense, HP, magic, speed, and range. She is a fire user, as I already said, and she will introduce some new fire magic on the party earlier in a point in the game where you but heads with her. Taurus seems to have a thing for monks like Sanzo. Well, it's not a sexual thing, you see, he already has a wife, but he wants to EAT him/her after you beat up his minions. He also things it will give him eternal life or power or something like that. That's a greedy thing to do, and it's up to you whether or not he pays the price. Taurus turns into a giant bull when he goes into Were- Form, and Tessen takes the shape on a giant humanoid scorpion. Taurus features dangerous power, and Tessen can poison the enemy. You have to fight them both in both forms, although if you tran they shouldn't be that much to handle. ____________________________________________________ =====================MY REVIEW================\ Here is my review for Saiyuki: Journey West that can be viewed either here, or on gamefaqs.com. Review by Payzmaykr Reviewer's Score: 9/10 Saiyuki: Journey West is a really good, solid game for the Playstation. It is unique in its own way, and I would recommend you buy it, especially if you like Final Fantasy Tactics. In Saiyuki, you can transform into a 'Were-form', which is a powered up form of a character. (If you are in a hurry, the Flaws and High-points are at the bottom.) Story: 10/10 Saiyuki has a very good story, which is one reason that I kept on playing (aside from the other good features.)The main character's name is Sanzo, who is a monk. It starts off with a young boy/girl (you can choose) name Sanzo who has a dream at his/her monastery about the goddess entrusting him or her with a Holy Staff to take from China to India. After starting the journey (for now on, I will say 'he' or 'his' because Sanzo was a man in the legend), Sanzo is accompanied with Son Gokuu, who is where Dragon Ball Z got its main character from. Gokuu was entrapped in a stone because he invaded heaven looking for a good fight. He met his match when he made it to Buddha. He is then freed by Sanzo. Music: 10/10 The music in Saiuki is great. It is Asian music with a great blend of harmony between the different instruments. You will be treated to a happy tune that is really pleasant and catchy if you choose to play Saiyuki. Gameplay: 10/10 The gameplay is a well-thought and challenging (at times) element that makes this game what it truly is. Saiyuki is a strategy-RPG game. If you are a fan of Strategy-RPG games, especially Final Fantasy Tactics (as I mentioned above), then you will like this game. Many times, you will be challenged to rescue someone or unleash Hell on someone at the top of a mountain. Like most other Strategy-RPG's, you have a limit to how far you can move. When in doubt, just transform into your Ware-form and whoop up on your enemies. You should always keep many healing items with you, because sometimes, you are forced to fight many battles without a resting break. High-Points: 10/10 (Like I would give the High Points less) High points of Saiyuki are mainly the features of the battle system. One of them is the Abililty to transform into a form of a big, powerful monster. That is called a ''Were-Form''. The Were-Forms have their own special moves. Along with Were-Forms, you can also get many characters. They are often people who you wouldn't expect. Saiyuki's music was so good that I've got to put it in here, again. Flaws: 1/10 Saiyuki has some flaws, as do all games that I can think of, but Saiyuki has hard flaws. For example, you sometimes have to fight several different numbers of battles in a row. You sometimes also have to fend for yourself in unfair fights where you are outnumbered. One battle in particular is a battle with all of the bosses that you have beaten(yikes), but they have boulders coming at you, sometimes which can be used for your advantage you dis-advantage. Overall, I think that Saiyuki: Journey West is a good game that is very worthy of researching. It is recognized my many people, although I think it is underrated. _____________________________________________________ =====================CREDITS===================\ Credits go out for the hosts and verteran users of Gamefaqs.com, as well as the moderating staff (wink wink). Here's to Goryus and Syusup for writing the first to walkthroughs published on Gamefaqs for Saiyuki: Journey West. They are the ones that I personally used. Thanks again to CJayC and Gamefaqs for posting my review and walkthrough (with this one, too). I say that last part hopefully, and not doubtfully. Thanks to Koei for making this game and turning me on to the strategy RPG genera. Hey, you guys should make another one! (I asked the guy who works at Electronics Boutique if they are, but he got all snoody and said they weren't because it sucked. Don't worry, though, that dude is a loser. **mumble mumble ** last time you accuse me of stealing you nerdy &^%@# **).